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I'm looking for a global geoapi for the places.

I see Facebook places, google places, simplegeo, factual etc...

Why not create an API that includes all places? Free and easily accessible as OpenStreetMap for the webmapping ?

If people are interested, write me!


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what do you want you geo place api to do? Geonames is the best of the 'free' bunch - – Mapperz Jun 12 '12 at 15:52
I would like to start a big project with a quality assurance of the places from private enterprises (Facebook, Google...) – user3120 Jun 12 '12 at 16:10
sounds like a very expensive venture. do you have billions of capital? - private/commercial will charge for this data. – Mapperz Jun 12 '12 at 16:48
You like this project ? ... A good start !! – user3120 Jun 12 '12 at 16:55

GeoNames has many different types of web service


Webservice Type : REST

Url :

Parameters : lat,lng,

lang: language of returned 'name' element (the pseudo language code 'local' will return it in local language),
radius: radius in km (optional), maxRows: max number of rows (default 10)
style: SHORT,MEDIUM,LONG,FULL (default = MEDIUM), verbosity of returned xml document
localCountry: in border areas this parameter will restrict the search on the local country, value=true

Result : returns the closest populated place for the lat/lng query as xml document. The unit of the distance element is 'km'. 


Response (XML)

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